• Short Summary

    IN ELEVEN DAYS' TIME - ON MAY 21ST, HENRY COOPER, THE BRITISH BOXING CHAMPION, WILL BE CHALLENGING CASSIUS CLAY - OR MUHAMMAD ALI AS THE CHAMPION PREFERS TO BE CALLED - FOR THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CROWN.

  • Description


    COOPER AND CLAY SHAKING HANDS; CLAY TALKING TO THE PRESS.



    TRANSCRIPT: QUESTION: "MUHAMMAD, HOW DO YOU THINK THE FIGHT WILL GO?"



    CLAY: "WELL THE LAST TIME I WAS HERE I PREDICTED THAT I WOULD WIN IN ROUND FIVE AND I DID. BUT THIS TIME THERE WILL BE NO PREDICTIONS. I BELIEVE I WILL WIN BUT I'M NOT ACTUALLY PREDICTING THE OUTCOME".



    QUESTION: "HOW DO YOU THINK YOU'LL HANDLE COOPER'S LEFT HOOK?"



    CLAY: "WELL I'M GOING TO DO MY BEST TO STAY AWAY FROM IT THAT'S THE ONLY THING THAT I'M WATCHING AND WORRYING ABOUT IS THE LEFT HOOK. IT'S STRONG AND IF HE HITS ME IT'S POSSIBLE THAT HE COULD DROP ME AGAIN, BUT I'M GOING TO BE PRETTY FAST AND I DON'T THINK HE WILL HIT ME".



    QUESTION: "HOW DO YOU LIKE IT HERE IN ENGLAND SO FAR?"



    CLAY: "OH I LOVE ENGLAND. I'M VERY GLAD TO COME TO ENGLAND AND AS A MATTER OF FACT IT WAS MY IDEA - MY SUGGESTION - TO COME HERE, TO DEFEND NEXT IN ENGLAND."



    QUESTION: "ARE YOU GOING TO TAKE TIME OFF FOR TRAINING TO SEE SOMETHING OF ENGLAND?"



    CLAY: "SOMETIMES I WILL, BUT I WOULDN'T INTERRUPT MY TRAINING BECAUSE MY TRAINING IS ABOUT ONE O'CLOCK SO I WILL HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO RELAX".



    QUESTION: "WHAT ARE YOUR CURRENT RELATIONS WITH THE AMERICAN DRAFT BOARD, IF I MAY ASK?"



    CLAY: "WELL I DON'T KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THAT. THAT'S UP TO THE DRAFT BOARD".



    QUESTION: "DO YOU THINK YOU MIGHT GO INTO THE ARMY WHEN YOU GO BACK?"



    CLAY: "THAT'S UP TO THE DRAFT BOARD".



    QUESTION: "WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN EATING HERE IN LONDON?"



    CLAY: "WELL I HAVEN'T EATEN NOWHERE YET....THE LAST TIME WE WERE HERE WE EAT AT I SOW'S RESTAURANT. BUT I DON'T REALLY KNOW WHERE WE'LL EAT. WE MAY EAT THERE AGAIN TOO".



    QUESTION: "CASSIUS....."



    CLAY: (INTERRUPTING) "MUHAMMAD"



    QUESTION: "MUHAMMAD IF YOU GO INTO THE ARMY WHAT PART OF THE ARMY WOULD YOU LIKE TO SERVE IN?"



    CLAY: "WELL I REALLY HAVEN'T THOUGHT ABOUT IT YET. I'VE GOT TOO MUCH ON MY MIND TO WORRY ABOUT THE ARMY. I'VE GOT TO WORRY ABOUT HENRY COOPER RIGHT NOW - HE'S THE ONLY ARMY I KNOW".



    QUESTION: "WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS AFTER THE COOPER FIGHT THEN?"



    CLAY: "WELL I PLAN TO DEFEND THE WINNER OF THE TERRELL - DOUG JONES FIGHT, THIS FELLOW IN GERMANY, MILDENBERGER, AND WHOEVER WANTS TO FIGHT. WHOEVER HAS THE NERVE TO FIGHT ME".



    QUESTION: "YOU SEEM TO BE A QUITTER MAN THESE DAYS - SOMEONE EVEN CALLED YOU GENTLEMAN JIM - WHAT ACCOUNTS FOR THIS?"



    CLAY: "WELL I'M QUIET BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE TO TALK LIKE I USED TO. AT THE TIME I WAS ONLY CAMPAIGNING FOR THE TITLE. NOW I'M THE CHAMPION AND THERE'S NO NEED FOR A LOT OF TALKING".




    Initials AA/V/JH/PC


    SPORT: BOXING

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: IN ELEVEN DAYS' TIME - ON MAY 21ST, HENRY COOPER, THE BRITISH BOXING CHAMPION, WILL BE CHALLENGING CASSIUS CLAY - OR MUHAMMAD ALI AS THE CHAMPION PREFERS TO BE CALLED - FOR THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CROWN. IT IS OVER 50 YEARS SINCE A FIGHT BILLED AS FOR THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP WAS HELD IN. BRITAIN AND THERE'S IMMENSE INTEREST IN THE FIGHT, PARTICULARLY SINCE COOPER PUT CLAY ON THE CANVASS WHEN THEY LAST MET IN LONDON, THREE YEARS AGO.

    THE WORLD CHAMPION FLEW INTO LONDON YESTERDAY AND TODAY (TUESDAY) HE MET HIS CHALLENGER AND THE BRITISH PRESS AT A PICCADILLY HOTEL.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7H27DP0UTTVQP0BV753EHCKZJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA7H27DP0UTTVQP0BV753EHCKZJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/05/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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